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Delboy_Derek

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Message Posted: May 25, 2010 12:05:30 PM

In the U.K. a lot of drivers have moved over to driving diesel engine cars for better economy.
Here is the car I drive in Scotland.

40 + mpg (US gallon size)
Ford Mondeo Estate (Station Wagon)
Engine 1.8 litre TDCI Diesel
0 - 60 > 12 secs
Top speed 125 mph

Location > Hamilton Scotland
Latest gas price today in Hamilton, Scotland = $6.06 / US Gallon size

http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Mondeo
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moxxor54
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 1:58:35 AM

Yes trucks. No cars
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:26:32 AM

Done that! Dirty oil, ugly smelling fuel oil, expensive repairs (on mine), costly fuel, lower resale value vs. Hybrids (source - Edmonds).
Never going to do that again...
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:47:52 AM

No
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b899
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 9:28:22 AM

no
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 3:44:49 AM

VWDeeZel:
Have you stood behind your car while it's running and noticed any bad smell or any black smoke?
Have you noticed it being difficult to find fuel?
You live in Ottawa... does it get cold up there?
Have you noticed any objectionable difference in starting time.
While getting around 50 MPG are you finding it difficult to pay those exorbitant prices for fuel?

Yr Make Model ?

If given the opportunity to trade for an EV or a Hybrid would you ???


[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 1/24/2015 3:45:12 AM EST]
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VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:10:00 AM

I do and I haven't looked back.
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:05:28 AM

It's actually somewhat amusing reading all the objections to the newer "clean diesels" when virtually none apply. It's easy to tell the "Knowers" from the "Blowers"

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Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:22:03 AM

no... noisy, smelly, slow to start, fuel not readily available, and at an exorbitant price... what's to like? ... I don't even like railroad diesels
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:12:59 AM

yup
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cv
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 6:24:40 AM

Yes, if I owned one.
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:36:28 AM

Trucks yes but cars no! Diesels were not designed with the short start/stop patterns of the typical automobile in mind. Additional scheduled maintenance and higher fuel costs for diesel make the gas Hybrid much more practical than a diesel - Same gas mileage either way.
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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 1:57:23 AM

#1 diesel is still about $1 more per gallon here in NW Ohio. Would take forever to recoup the extra cost.
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 5:41:33 AM

No. They stink.
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oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:57:03 AM

dontuknowOH: You would be correct...

Listen to a Ram with a "Cummings Diesel"
Then listen to a Ram with the new "Fiat Diesel"
there's a world of difference.

The under hood noise in my Passat is somewhat reminiscent of my old Chevelle (with "Solid lifters")

They no longer have a "Diesel" smell (the ones that use DEF smell similar to your pool (after it's been driven a while)

And... pulling a 6 degree incline at 2000 RPM...Cruise control on and not having the transmission jumping back and forth between gears...Priceless !!

On a hard acceleration (zero-90) I was informed there was no black smoke (particulates) coming from the exaust.

Averaging 48.x MPG for the last almost 2 years... Unless I have some bad luck with it... It's a keeper.

[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 1/20/2015 2:57:59 AM EST]
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JoeKing
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 2:36:40 AM

yes
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:57:07 PM

I do like the torque they develop, modern engines are much cleaner where leaks were an older concern, any noise somewhat depends on engine applications. Cars V/S work trucks are quite different in nature.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:21:48 PM

No
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mtnrambo
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 11:55:50 AM

certainly,,,
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b899
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:37:50 AM

no
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:46:57 PM

no
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:08:07 PM

Yes..turbo diesaels are very efficient
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:18:25 PM

Never noticed any cars with diesel noise, but the large engines in trucks do have a rhythm noise, some have loud exhaust if altered. I find only a slight detectable odor only one that can let a person know, usually on hard stomped acceleration.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:36:51 AM

No reason not to, haven't planned to, would check further if I decided to buy new vehicle, smaller truck/daily driver type.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 6:06:35 AM

possibly
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 5:25:03 AM

Why not?
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JoeKing
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 4:12:27 AM

yes
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 4:08:19 AM

if it were free!
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 4:07:31 AM

No. They're noisy and they stink.
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LuckyD43
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 1:19:32 PM

I would if the price of diesel was as low a that of gasoline.
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 12:03:53 PM

I am with diesdown, we have 2 out of 2! Absolutely love them from the purr of the engine to the awesome mpgs!
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:22:37 AM

y
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 9:00:14 AM

No, not until they at least become cost effective.
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b899
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:37:39 AM

no
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Les4hdtv
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 1:07:39 PM

In 1893, Rudolf Karl Diesel wrote a paper called:
Theorie und Konstruktion eines rationellen Wärmemotors zum Ersatz der Dampfmaschine und der heute bekannten Verbrennungsmotoren.

Roughly translated - The Diesel engine could replace the gas engine.

The short answer is this: It didn't!
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nickless
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 4:15:00 AM

yes
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diesdown
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 6:20:29 PM

Have two....terrific engines.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:57:59 AM

yes
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 1:26:34 PM

I do everyday and love it
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b899
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 9:24:58 AM

no
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puddy
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 9:24:56 AM

no
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 5:09:22 AM

I already drive a diesel bus, that's enough.
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 4:26:32 AM

yes
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8_Ball2014
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 2:34:48 AM

yes
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 12:26:02 AM

you bet...the european VW that gets 70 mpg but big brother won't let it in country
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shigh2001
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:36:35 PM

no
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 2:42:55 PM

if it were free!
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dieseldemon
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 12:04:26 PM

Yes , I love Diesel costs a bit more , but so much more efficient
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 9:07:14 AM

I would, but the fuel cost and initial acquisition cost is too high
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Skyjunky
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:47:30 AM

Love them and I would if I could get a full size older pu 4x4
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hoofharted
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 3:29:29 AM

yes
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 2:00:22 AM

my daily driver is a 350hp 6.4L diesel with gobs of torque. When tuned, it's a monster of a beast. I get far more smiles per gallon than driving my gasser
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